A Day in the Life of Author Lisa Lickel

Today, we meet Lisa Lickel. She’s a special lady to me since she’s also one of the editors I hire for my books. I hope you enjoy peeking into her life for today. In the following weeks as I host different authors here we will see how different  a writer’s life can be. Grab your cuppa tea or latte,  sit back and read!


A Day in the Life of Author Lisa Lickel

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An especially interesting day in the Life of This Writer occurred on a Thursday last month. My writing career spans several aspects of using language. Most of you either know or will come to know that very few are the authors who can earn a comfortable living from their written, published works alone. We supplement that income (or subsidize it) through speaking, teaching, or editing in some way. I’m a freelance editor and mentor, besides an author.


This particular Thursday had an event in the plans since last summer. A county high school English teacher had connected with me through my involvement with my state wide writing group, Wisconsin Writers Association. She asked me to speak to her creative writing classes and we set this date, in the afternoon. I spent several days prior working on a power point explaining the joys of the basics of getting published—which meant it’s never too early to start promoting yourself in a positive way, and really, following rules is good.


In the morning—I start work early, usually by 7 a.m. after devotions—when I check my messages and work on some promotions on social media. Then I spent several hours working as an editor on a wonderful novel by a debut author that takes place in the first century AD Eastern Europe and Asia. I have an undergraduate degree in history, so this type of work is right up my alley. Although it was a bit hard to enjoy the story at the point of needing to demolish an unhappy mix of punctuation, I double checked some facts and deciphered intriguing rhythms in the different native speakers of the era and region. It’s going to be an epic.


In the late morning I received a message from one of my regular clients, an academic who lives in Asia and is a non-native English speaker. I’d worked with the client on a Harvard PhD thesis a year ago, and now there was an article that needed to be turned in on Monday—did I have time to help. Within twenty-four hours. Those types of queries are difficult to deal with, but this person had a budget with me, so I did agree. I don’t often do this because I try to plan my time but stay flexible too, and this project ate up my weekend as I had to switch deadlines for other projects.


I drove to my speaking engagement instead of spending time on the elliptical or treadmill, and enjoyed being in a classroom environment. I knew what to expect and wasn’t too disappointed at the closed eyes and giggles and chit-chat from the high schoolers, but I solicited their work for the magazine I edit, Creative Wisconsin, and did later receive a nice essay to publish. It’s good to get out of the house, and I also talked with the teacher who also promised to check into WWA and write some material for me.


Back at home, I opened the academic article with some trepidation. But I found that it, too, was intriguing, and so I spent the rest of the afternoon deciphering obscure syntax but also researching a contemporary and interesting scholarly paper about a recent financially and environmentally disastrous project in Asia. I’m fascinated to see my home country, the US, through the eyes of people who don’t live here. Very enlightening and humbling.


Since I work at home, I try to make a good dinner for my husband and me, but I also tend to be a distracted cook. The smoke alarm’s blare and sizzling of boiling-over pots are rather common occurrences in our house. I love summers when my teacher-husband enjoys cooking.


After supper and a quick clean-up, I hosted my local writing critique group at my house, where we enjoyed hashing each other’s work, and I received some needed and happy feedback on my manuscript. I wasn’t exhausted after the group left and input their suggestions on my chapter.


So that’s a day in the life of this writer.



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Lisa’s previous novel, The Last Detail, was released in January, 2014, from the Prism Book Group.


Hope, love, and loss meld two polar opposite personalities. How long can they keep passion for their ministry and each other after the wedding?


Medical missionary and avowed bachelor Merit Campbell is wounded during a skirmish at his Mideast clinic and sent home to recover. Restlessness propels him to explore the happier moments of his childhood in Illinois where he meets Amalia Kennedy, owner of The Last Detail, who enjoys helping people prepare for their final years. Merit ushers in new life; Amalia ushers it out. Love? Obviously. Marriage? Check. Dealing with the family closet? Step back…

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Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. A multi-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and magazine editor. Visit LisaLickel.com.


Blog: http://livingourfaithoutloud.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorlisalickel

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/lisalickel

Twitter: @lisajlickel

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  • Janis Cox

    Reply Reply March 7, 2015

    Great to read an active day in the life of a writer.
    I too have burned the food as I think just a few minutes and I can do “this”. Then since I can’t hear the buzzer on the stove my nose arouses me to what’s been happening. Oh no another burnt offering.

    • Lisa

      Reply Reply March 7, 2015

      Thanks, Janis, for stopping in! A lot of things can be hazardous to my house when I’m writing. 🙂

  • Gail Pallotta

    Reply Reply March 7, 2015

    I’ve read The Last Detail by Lisa and highly recommend it. It’s not a romance in the usual sense, but is one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read.

  • Susan M. Baganz

    Reply Reply March 7, 2015

    I’ve been known to burn frozen pizza and overcook macaroni noodles. Oye. Fortunately my kids are pretty flexible so they put up with the idosyncrocies of their writer/editor mother. Someday, maybe they’ll even be proud of me. 🙂 Also my hubby is pretty good about wrinkled clothes that don’t get folded right away too. I totally get the busy but trying to be flexible part too! Big part of this life but sometimes anxiety producing!

  • emma right

    Reply Reply March 7, 2015

    It’s fun and encouraging to hear how other authors handle their day/s! I don’t feel so alone thinking fellow writers also juggle so many things at the same time!

  • Carole Brown

    Reply Reply March 7, 2015

    As always, I’m intrigued to learn more about one of my fav people, altho we’ve never met personally. 🙂 And I kinda related w/the burnt food stuff. Good thing hubby likes “well-done” food (altho I really don’t think he meant what I offer sometimes! lol) Sometimes we get the Jonah-idea we’re the only ones who have it rough being a busy writer and then we read or hear about what our author friends lives are like and we smile! Yep. Guess I’m not the only one who scrambles for time to really write!

  • Carole Brown

    Reply Reply March 7, 2015

    Shared. Tweeted. Googled!

  • Lisa Lickel

    Reply Reply March 8, 2015

    Hi, Thanks for stopping and commenting! I thought I responded yesterday but I must have done something wrong. Wishing you a fruitful day.

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